Marc Jordan was born in Brooklyn NY son of singer Charles Jordan and grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978 Marc was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. Jordan spent 16 years in LA writing songs for and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshal, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisin, Canadian Tenors. Shawn Colvin, Sheena Easton, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher, and Rod Stewart including the worldwide #1 hit Rhythm of My Heart.
Jordan has won numerous ASCAP, Juno, Socan, and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. His songs have been on 35 million CD’s and he has recorded 16 CD’s of his own material which gave us MARINA DEL REY, SURVIVAL, CHARLIE PARKER LOVES ME and SOUL ON SOUL which was a duet with wife AMY SKY.
For a full interview check out episode 11 of the Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive! podcast
What passion project are you working on these days?
I’m working on a duet project with my wife Amy Sky. Some of the songs on the next album is being recorded in Nashville and some here in Toronto.
What first inspired you to become a musician/actor/dancer? What was your training?…
My father was a professional singer in NYC, so I had it in my blood, I think, and then I heard Bob Dylan and then Billie Holiday and I was hooked. It was a special time culturally with pop and folk music, Vietnam, and the fight for racial equality. All this appealed to me and the young people of the day including me used music to express how they felt about things.
What are some challenges that you have faced while building a career in the arts and how did you overcome them?
I am dyslexic so it was very hard to learn to read music however it gave me a reason to make up my own music, which is what I did. Also in the early days, it was hard to make a living in Toronto so I moved to LA and stayed there for about 15 years writing songs for the likes of Cher, Joe Cocker, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, and Rod Stewart.
What lessons have you learned that has proven the most valuable?…
It’s most valuable to find your own voice and not copy what you hear others doing. You’ve got to find your unique voice and vision otherwise you are chasing someone else and not finding your own truth. Second, it takes many hours of work to learn to write a great song and you must be willing to work at it day and night.
What is your WHY? (why do you do what you do?)…..
I am driven to express myself through music or through painting, which I call flat music. I work every day and there is no mysterious compulsion, just the love of music and art and the desire to write songs and see the world through that lens.